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Jun 08, 2009
Weening Age
Is your child still taking Prevacid? If so, how old is he/she. My son is 11 months and the doctor said he should be off by 12 months. We just tried weening him again and it did not work.
Jun 08, 2009
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
my dd started prevacid at 10 months and at her 18 month GI visit we were to stay on until she was 2- no weaning was recommended! After she turned 2, she was doing so well it seemed (she still silent refluxed all the time but never complained) i took her off at 26 months. a couple months later we are back on prevacid, we still can't kick it. but many others have had lots of luck with 1 year, so don't let me scare you!

reflux has milestone markers too 6 months, 1 year and 18 months are usually good times to try to wean. If a med wean does not work do not despair you might want to try again when all those pesky teeth are in or after a good couple months in a row reflux free.

ps. a dr will not make you take your child of a medicine if it is proven by your word of mouth to work after a documented med free trial. if they do- time to seek a new dr! *hugs*
Jun 08, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
We tried weaning at one year (no luck) then again at 14 months (again, no go) but had a successful wean at 16 months. My dd's case was also mild, so even if you have a kid with mild GERD, the one year mark may not be the right time.

I agree with Kat - find a new MD if they won't take your word for it!!

Jun 09, 2009
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site:
I don't know why some DRs feel they need to do weans at a year old. If the child needs the meds they need the meds. Jedd has been on GERD meds forever it seems. I'd stay on them as long as you feel GERD is still an issue.
Jun 09, 2009
Mom to Charlie - cleft palate and reflux. Meds - zantac, prevacid, mylanta and reglan.
Agree with jeddsmommy on the med wean. We have been on zantac and prevacid for over a year and reglan for almost a year. We gradually increase the doses as he gains weight. They have been hugely helpful and I am 100% certain they make Charlie more comfortable and help limit the amount of spit up. No rush to get off them!
Jun 09, 2009
my firstborn started prevacid at 6 months and we were able to wean slowly around 18 months. I agree with the others not to rush it. We definitely tried to wean around 12 months (mostly because of vacation plans - decided it would be a hassle to travel with the meds) but that failed and really isn't a happy toddler better than a miserable one! Even if it does mean more trips to the pharmacy!
Check with your
doctor first!